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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Small Town

 Small Town 1st edition cover

I'm a big fan of Granville Hicks, author and critic, who lived in the Town of Grafton at the end of Shaver Pond Road from the mid-1930s until just before his death in 1982. I have all his many novels and non-fiction books -- many signed by him.  Future postings will tell more of his story but his most famous book is Small Town, a non-fiction book based on his own experiences about living in a small town in upstate New York called Roxborough, a pseudonym for Grafton (Grafton was actually called Roxborough in the late 1700s). This book, supported by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, is considered a pioneering classic on the sociological aspects of small town life to this day. Small Town was the first authoritative work written by someone who was a small town resident, it received great critical aclaim and popularity.

 Small Town signed by author

Small Town Fordham University Press reprint
(A project of Lansingburgh resident and Town of Grafton landowner Warren Broderick who also wrote the preface.)

Street Sign in Grafton Center

Read More:
Granville Hicks (Wikipedia)
Books': Hicks Town. Time Dec. 23, 1946
Small Town (Fordham University Press reprint full-text available online at DigitalResearch@Fordham)
Small Town (Fordham University Press reprint offering)